RACS is key player in coalition collecting unwanted prescription medications
On Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at CVS Pharmacy locations in Buena Vista and Lexington, the public will have its 15th opportunity in seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. RACS staff will be among the Rockbridge Area Prevention Coalition members and law enforcement partners on hand to at the event sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Anyone may bring pills or patches for safe disposal. However, the DEA cannot accept liquids, sharps or needles.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including when medication is stolen from someone’s home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—pose both safety and health hazards.
Last fall Americans turned in 456 tons (912,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,300 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 14 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 9 million pounds—more than 4,500 tons—of pills. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 28 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com.
The Rockbridge Area Prevention Coalition is a collaborative, broad-based community partnership coordinated by Rockbridge Area Community Services (RACS) that works to promote the wellbeing of our community, reduce substance abuse among youth in particular, and increase community awareness through a comprehensive network of prevention and intervention services and resources.
RACS works to help prevent and treat mental illness, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse, and to enhance quality of life for individuals who experience these conditions in the cities of Buena and Lexington and the Counties of Rockbridge and Bath, Virginia.